George Whitehall triumphs at the Ely City Golf Club Junior Open
Newmarket golfer George Whitehall showcased his talent with a fine three-shot victory in the Ely City Golf Club Junior Open.
The two-handicapper recorded a well-deserved success after firing a gross one-under-par round of 71.
Whitehall, 16, grabbed the initiative on the back nine as he chipped in for a two at the par-3 12th hole and followed up with another birdie at the next.
His final score of 69 – three-under-par – left him three clear of Matthew Peer (Bourn) and Ben Collier (Ely City). Peer took second spot on count-back.
The girls’ event produced a home winner with Sienna Mason (Ely City) emerging triumphant. The 13-year-old signed for a net 76 to land the trophy.
Fellow Ely junior Matthew Rushmer, 14, triumphed in the Stableford – a competition for those with handicaps of 19 and above. He racked up a bumper tally of 43 points off his 25-handicap. The nine-hole competition was won by Oliver Housden (Ely City).
Ely City’s head PGA professional Andrew George said: “It was great to see so many young golfers competing at the club. We had a field of almost 30 and there was a lot of excellent golf played.
"Well done to all of the winners, but I’d like to congratulate everyone for taking part and making it such a great day.
“Thanks to Christine Ratcliffe, the club’s management committee chairperson, for her help in organising our Junior Open. And a similarly big thank-you must go to club member Terry Hawkins for his very generous sponsorship of the day.”
Terry Hawkins added: “It was a pleasure to sponsor the Ely City Golf Junior Open and I’m very pleased that it was such a success. It was very good to see so many junior golfers taking part.”
This was the second successive year that the club has staged the revived Junior Open and it is intended for the tournament to develop and grow in the future.